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HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE REAL WORLD May 23, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Democracy, Social Environment.
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On PM, Christopher Pyne waxed lyrical on the educational possibilities of fee deregulation:
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SOCIO-ECONOMIC PARADIGMS May 10, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Social Environment.
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Joe Hockey, I imagine is pleading for a new paradigm that will make his budgeting more relevant to the world as it now has become. We can listen to two people, one who addresses his current paradigm, neoliberalism and the other who will address, “What it means to be human”.
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NEVER ENOUGH May 9, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Social Environment.
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The rich it seems just want to be richer. There is never enough. We all seem to be caught up in the politics of more, the politics of growth. To criticize the few is to criticize the many, who will not be denied the opportunity to be rich.
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FEEDING THE CHOOKS May 6, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Social Environment.
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These people are not even in the proper media. They are not from the touchstones tabloid images created by Rupert.The Institute of Public Affairs doubtless is all indignity.
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LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM April 17, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Nonviolence, Social Environment, US Politics.
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It is now fifty years since Martin Luther King wrote his letter from a Birmingham Jail. He writes, “You are quite right to call for negotiation. Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor”.
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INDIVIDUALISM AND SOCIETY April 14, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Social Environment.
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The relationship between neo-liberalism and neo-conservativism is puzzling. Such a relationship between these doctrines did not exist in the Nineteenth Century.

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MARGARET THATCHER’ S FREEDOM LEGACY April 10, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Global Electoral Politics, Modern History, Social Environment.
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Not that I know much, if anything about economics, but it seems to me that there was the Thatcherite rhetoric and an underlying economic problem of stagflation that was not supposed to happen and the recipe was monetarism(1).

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TRANS-PACIFIC TRADE AGREEMENT April 3, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Social Environment.
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The national media in Australia across the spectrum has been covering the implications and ramifications of the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement, especially those matters relating to internet access and copyright.
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WHAT GIVES WITH CRUELTY AS PUBLIC POLICY? March 29, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Social Environment.
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Some intellectuals are worth reading and listening to. I mean by that they can be understood. Almost every sentence resonates with what can be observed.
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WORK WITHOUT ALIENATION? March 6, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Social Environment, US Politics.
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The United States, which by its own exertion makes its the specimen for examination under the laboratory slide, is a land of overriding ideologies, since its inception as a democracy institutionalized in the form of the classical architecture of slavery.
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ECOSYSTEM AND ECONOMY February 11, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Natural Environment, Social Environment.
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Perhaps the state of the ecosystem is worst than we might like to imagine. It may be in such a state that a rational person cannot ignore it. Can capitalism as it has evolved be allowed to continue? The environmental crisis, if it can be recognized is a crisis for corporate capitalism.
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APPEARANCE AND REALITY January 27, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Human Rights, Social Environment.
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Economists probably know what is happening with the economic system, but many people within it, have not the foggiest notion. Reality is the way things seem.
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RATIONAL DISCUSSION AND GUNS January 18, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Social Environment, US Politics.
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What is it about guns that causes some people to cling to them and not apparently recognize how dangerous they can be to others and to gun owners themselves?
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GUNS AND RIGHTS December 24, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Nonviolence, Social Environment, Terrorism Issues.
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Following the appalling massacre of school children and their teachers, who selflessly sought to protect them, in Connecticut, the  National Rifle Association has unilaterally declared a ban on “semi-automatic assault weapons” and ammunition must not be considered.
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CYBER-CIVILIZATION: PUNKS AND POLITY December 5, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Social Environment, Terrorism Issues.
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Julian Assange, perhaps understandably, given his experience,  is wary and pessimistic about the future of a world embroiled with the internet. We have become the victims of pervasive surveillance and we should encode our communications to protect ourselves.
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BRAVE, OR DUMB, ICELAND? December 3, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Social Environment.
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Austerity is the politics of disenfranchisement and the notion that people do not matter, by the self-affirming “cognitive elite”, as implicitly defined by Miranda Devine.
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MYTH AND MEMORY: 11 SEPTEMBER 2001 September 12, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Peace, Social Environment.
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Among the many little known facts about the 11th of Sepetember is that it is the Coptic New Year.
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WELFARE September 3, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Social Environment, US Politics.
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Admission: I am the recipient of social welfare. I live in reasonably peaceable society. I have access to medical assistance. The roads are reasonably safe.  The food I eat and the water I drink is reliable. I have confidence in the fairness and integrity of the justice system. I have confidence in my neighbours.  The list goes on.
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THE PERSONAL AS POLITICAL August 31, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth, Social Environment.
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The ideology of individualism does not permit its victims from stepping back and looking at the big picture. This applies in particular to the experience of job stress, which peculiarly seems to be a widespread experience.
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DEPARTMENT OF PEACE August 10, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Peace, Social Environment, Terrorism Issues.
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The notion of a Department of Peace proposed by, for example Dennis Kucinich, struck me as one of those ideas with which I could not come to terms so conditioned am to war and defence as the norm for governments. The war in Syria has changed my mind.
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